johnnae at mac.com
Wed Oct 14 04:27:38 PDT 2009
Hopefully this will come as a quick note-
The book to look at in terms of North America plants is
Native American Ethnobotany By Daniel E. Moerman. "the accumulated
ethnobotanical knowledge on more than 4000 plants. More than 44,000
uses for these plants by various tribes are documented here. This is
undoubtedly the most massive ethnobotanical survey ever undertaken,
preserving an enormous store of information for the future."
You can look at the book or take a look at the database at http://herb.umd.umich.edu/
Keep clicking on highlighted terms and follow the links.
I'll be back with European information later.
Despite the fact that some cattails (notably, the Dwarf Cattail) are
native to Eurasia, I can't find
any record of period usage. I have read a source that Russians
young, peeled shoots a delicacy, and, of course, both the inner flower
the pollen are edible, but I can't find period documentation. snipped
anyone else find this? You can supposedly mash them, fry them, boil
bake them, cook and dry them and use them for flour, any number of
usages....including substituting them for potatoes. Apparently,
quite tasty, but not completely potato-like. One author stated he
Ian of Oertha
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